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India vs Australia | Kohli: Job not Done Yet, Have to be Prepared for Sydney

Cricketnext Staff | Updated: December 30, 2018, 10:54 AM IST

Captain Virat Kohli sounded a satisfied man but warned that the job is far from done after India took an unassailable 2-1 series lead and retained the Border-Gavaskar Trophy.

Kohli has a chance to script history by becoming the first Indian captain to win a Test series in Australia.

“We are not going to stop here. This victory will give us more confidence and we will play more positively in Sydney. We want to win the last Test match as well,” said Kohli in the post-match presentation.

“We don't want to be complacent now. It's a good thing that I don't read any comments. We were pretty clear that we will bat third on this pitch as pitch was only getting worse,” he added.

The skipper heaped praise on the Indian fast bowlers and also credited the batsmen for finally stepping up to the plate.

"Jasprit has been brilliant for us, the three seamers have broken a record for the highest number of wickets in a calendar year. He (Bumrah) was unlucky not to get wickets in Perth. The team management calmed him down and he won us this Test match. (Mayank) Agarwal was amazing. His composure was outstanding. Pujara was outstanding too. It is all about taking pride in your roles which are given. We have to play good cricket to be in the position right now. We have never been in this position and now is the time to express even more," he said.

Bumrah was named man-of-the-match as he registered career-best figures of 9/86. The fast bowler credited India's domestic circuit for helping him prepare for Test cricket and long bowling spells.

"My aim is to be consistent. We train hard and are used to bowling a lot of overs in Ranji Trophy. My focus is on the next Test now. It was always a dream to play Test cricket and I was really happy when I made my debut in South Africa. In England it was a different experience. Coming to Australia has been a different experience as well. The start has been good, and hopefully, I will keep getting better," he said.

Australian skipper Tim Paine cut a disappointed figure but said it was a learning experience for his inexperienced team.

"It's a bit disappointing but with an inexperienced batting line-up, you are bound to have an innings like we did in the first innings. The guys are working hard and we have a huge challenge ahead of us in Sydney. The conditions will be different. The pitch was very good (here at the MCG). After watching the wicket for the first two days, I knew it will crumble," said Paine.

He praised Pat Cummins, who was the lone bright spot in an otherwise dismal Aussie performance.

"He has been superb all series. We all know he is a quality player. We want more guys to perform like him. It's been an interesting year, a difficult year. In the next few months, some world-class players will be available to us again but before that we have to work really hard to go and win the New Year Test."

First Published: December 30, 2018, 8:51 AM IST
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